8 King County libraries passing out at-home rapid COVID tests

Supply is limited; patrons are asked to limit themselves to two tests per household.

Eight libraries in King County are passing out free rapid at-home COVID-19 tests, so long as they’re in supply.

According to the branch’s operations manager Chris Mezek, the King County Library System has partnered with Public Health — Seattle & King County to help the public get access to these tests, which have become a rarity in department stores.

A limited number of tests are available at libraries in Burien, Enumclaw, Fairwood, Federal Way, Renton Highlands, Skyway, Southcenter and Woodmont.

Jan. 14 is the first day of the program; Mezek said the library will put out tests as soon as the branch opens, and will leave them out until they’re gone.

Residents are encouraged to call your library prior to visiting to check if tests are still available. Residents are also instructed to take the kit out of the library and test in a private location. Each kit includes instructions on how to self-administer the test.

You do not need a library card to receive a test; those that obtain a kit are asked to limit themselves to two per household.

Tests are passed out on a first come, first serve, bases — tests will not be reserved.

It’s unclear how quickly the branch’s supply of tests will refill once the kits run out.


Burien – 400 SW 152nd Street

Enumclaw – 1700 1st Street

Fairwood – 17009 140th Avenue SE

Federal Way – 34200 1st Way South

Renton Highlands – 2801 NE 10th Street

Skyway – 12601 76th Avenue South

Southcenter – 1386 Southcenter Mall

Woodmont – 26809 Pacific Highway South

This is an ongoing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.